Simon Says … Christmas Critters


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Thanks/Thanksgiving Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher

This week the challenge is

Christmas Critters

This week we are showcasing Stampendous Products.  You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store


Wow – how can the weeks be flying by so quickly?  5 weeks to Christmas, can’t believe it!  Luckily the Wednesday Challenges are providing me with lots of excuses to make Christmas cards so I’m slowly but surely getting through them.  This week I’ve used a House Mouse stamp for the very first time and must say, they’re so cute!  They’re not usually the style I’d pick to be honest but I had loads of fun with this card.  I coloured the image with Copics and added some sparkle with the Spectrum Noir sparkle pens and a wee touch of Stickles.  To finish off I die cut some Poinsettias from the Simon Says Stamp, some greenery from Retro Ornaments by Avery Elle  and a circle sentiment also from Simon Says Stamp.



So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
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You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

Avery Elle … Holiday Glass and Christmas Packages

Hey there!  I have a couple of cards up on the Avery Elle blog today featuring more of the Fall 2016 release.  First up is a card made with the gorgeous Christmas Packages set that I’ve teamed with the fabulous sentiment set, Comfort and Joy.  To frame it I’ve used the Postage Stamp die – such a useful set!


Next up is the Holiday Glass set.  I stamped the poinsettia image twice so I could pop up the second one and add a bit of dimension.


Thanks for stopping by.


Laugh Out Loud

Teaser Time

It’s day 2 of the Clearly Besotted teasers for February 2015 and today I’m sharing a card featuring a FABULOUS set called Laugh Out Loud.  Sometimes you want something on your card a bit different to the usual “Happy Birthday” sentiment.  Well this set has what you need – some funny quotes to give your recipient a wee giggle!  I particularly like “Smile, while you still have teeth”  – LOL!!


Laugh Out Loud 1


I created a bunch of balloons using some simple masking and then coloured them with Copics and finally a coating of clear Wink of Stells (which for once you can actually see in the photo!!).

Make sure you pop over to Steph’s blog and the rest of the design team for more inspiration.


Simon Says TAG IT!


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Make Your Own Background Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is ,,,,,,,,


you can make a tag or add a tag to a card/project.

We are showcasing TIM HOLTZ PRODUCTS this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store


Rather than make a tag I made a card and trimmed off the corners to make it LOOK like a tag.  I punched a hole at the top and threaded through some twine (tip: cut a small slit in the fold of the card and thread the twine through it before tying at the fold – means you can still open it!!).

I used the Holiday Knit stencil and a few shades of blue Copic marker in the Spritzer tool to lay down the pattern on my card.  I then went over it with a sponge blender and white pigment ink.  I die cut the new Clearly Besotted Merry Christmas dies and Snowflake die three times from white cardstock and glue them together before adhering to the card front.  I finished it all off with a few clear sequins.

Tag It

Hop you manage to grab some time to play along this week.

There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog , if you haven’t subscribed by email you may want to so you don’t miss out 


Simon Says Stamp

You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

No backlinking allowed, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw



Avery Elle – More Stories

I’m so excited today to be sharing another card using the new Fall Release from Avery Elle. Have you see it yet?  So many adorable stamps and dies!  And you may have noticed something else too!  Another fantasic paper pad – this one was designed by Heather Campbell and is called the Everyday collection.  I love it (I snuck a wee peek at it a few weeks ago on THIS card!!)  The gorgeous little fox is from More Stories – a companion set to Heather’s Storybook set.  I die cut the frame using another new die collection called Finished Frames using an amazing product I picked up at Make The Day Special – a set of adhesive-backed wood veneer papers!  Seriously – I love these and I’ll be back in a few days with another card AND the chance to try them out for yourselves!!  More on that soon!!

More Stories

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Caryn xxx


Have a great day!

I hope you are having a great day where ever you are.  Some parts of the UK have been hit by awful flooding and winds so if you’re suffering – I hope you get some comfort and normality back soon.

We’re all doing ok here apart from a few bugs flying about the place this week – poorly tummy’s and sore throats – yuk!  All appear to be on the mend now though – thank goodness.  To banish those nasty winter bugs I made a card to brighten up the day and send some well wishes.  I recently managed to get the fabby Wplus9 set, Milk and Cookies and so decided to make orange juice!!

have a great dayThe sentiment is from Tag Along by Clearly Besotted – thought it went well with this card!  The “Step it up” challenge has been extended over at Dawn’s blog Stamp Away With Me so I thought I would enter this card over there.  There’s quite a bit of dimension on this card with foam dots popping up the bottle and oranges and a good dollop of glossy accents too!

Oh, and I also thought I’d enter this card over at the CASology challenge blog where this week’s cue card is BOLD!

Have a great “rest of the weekend” everyone xxx



Just roll with it!

There’s so many people I’d love to give a card like this to – people who maybe just need to be reminded that sometimes, life just throws something at you and instead of stressing out about it (which achieves nothing) just chill out – roll with it!!  Of course, I include myself in those people – maybe I should keep it and stick it on my mantelpiece to remind myself to do it!!

just roll with it

I spent some of the weekend playing with more of my new goodies and this gorgeous sushi image (LOVE IT THE MOST) is from Calorie Free by Paper Smooches.  I’ve never owned any PS sets before and I have to say – they are fabulous to work with – great for a spot of colouring too – always good therapy!  The panel across the bottom is done using the one of the Border 1 dies – how useful is that going to be?!!  I can see myself using it quite a bit!  I coloured the sushi with Copics and then added a liberal coating of my clear wink of stella brush to a few areas (think I’m going to need to replace that soon!!)

Right, better get on with it – have a good week!


Caravan love!

Hi all, popping in with a card created with one of my new favourite stamp sets – Home Sweet Home by Avery Elle.  We are a keen caravanning family so when I saw this set it went on my wish list immediately!  I had our trips to the Glastonbury festival and Camp Bestival in my head when I was creating this card – hence the bunting and funky caravan colours, lol!!

caravan pink1

There’s a new release at Avery Elle this week and a few of the new sets have caught my eye!  However, as I’ve imposed a budget on myself for a while (went a bit mad in January!!) they will have to go on my wishlist for now!

Have a great weekend.

Caryn xxx


Better late than never!

ChallengeHello, sorry I’m sharing this a wee bit late but as they say, rather late than never. The November Challenge over at Clearly Besotted kicked off yesterday with a festive CHRISTMAS theme.  My card features the gorgeous poinsettia from Pretty Poinsettias and I’ve layered it a bit and coloured it with Copics.  The sentiment is a couple of Memory Box dies that I’ve coloured in a two-tone effect, again with Copic markers.

pretty poinsettiaRight, better get back to work – Mondays suck!!


Caryn xxx